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Nursing: RN to BSN (Online)

This is a class guide with resources for the online program, Nursing: RN to BSN.

Core Article Nursing Databases

Access to the full articles:

  • PubMed links to the publisher's site of most articles, and for some articles, but not all, the publishers free online access via their site.
  • For articles that are not free to the general public online, use the University Library (linked via Find It! or by visiting the library website) to access content already purchased by Stan State (or to have the library acquire a copy for you).

PubMed vs. MEDLINE

  • Both databases search a similar group of medical literature (mostly medical journals) compiled by the NLM.  PubMed includes "future MEDLINE" articles that have not yet been fully indexed (assigned detailed MeSH / Medical Subject Headings), as well as a small amount of additional content (from life sciences journals and selected medical books).
  • All MEDLINE content is from a medical journals and all content includes detailed indexing according to carefully conrolled and applied Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), insuring all research on a specific content is accessible under standardized terms.

General / Interdisciplinary Databases

Additional Databases with Significant Nursing Content

Electronic Journals

If you are looking for journal articles on your topic, search an article database like CINAHL Plus with Full-Text (or other resources listed under Finding Articles).  To browse within a specific journal (or collection of journals), in the collections below choose or search for a specific journal name, and you can look at the contents of specific years, volumes, and issues.

Getting the Text of Articles

Searching a database will provide citations to scholarly journal articles and other scientific research.

To access the full-article, look for links to:


          HTML Full-Text


 If there are no full-text links, use Find It! to see if article is available in another library subscription.


Note: Distance education students (including RN to BSN online program) do not have to visit the library for Print/Microform journals but can use the "Send your citation to a librarian" link to request a PDF copy be scanned and sent via email.

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